What We Do
We are focused on providing women in underprivileged and underserved communities the opportunity to thrive by becoming self sufficient and financially independent, thereby unlocking their full potential.
Education for Success
Our educational, coaching and mentoring programs are aimed at providing women with a set of knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to obtain jobs, assume and succeed in management positions in the workforce, or become successful entrepreneurs.
We help women to to enter the workforce and/or start their own business to achieve financial freedom. We typically have from 10 to 120 women attending our educational seminars.
Minority Women-Owned Businesses
We serve as a platform for the promotion of small women business owners and entrepreneurs and we actively encourage the formation of new women-owned businesses. We also serve professional women and women in the workforce. We advocate the creation of new women-owned businesses and provide women with information and knowledge to start their own business. We encourage women to share their wisdom and knowledge and also to mentor other women.
Starting a new business or successfully growing an existing business can be daunting challenge. It is our conviction that one of the key aspects of success in business is connecting with and maintaining an ongoing dialogue with potential and existing clients, with possible collaborators or even future employees. Our motto is: "a saint who is not seen is not worshiped".
Maintaining our Cultural Heritage
Maintaining our cultural heritage is important because it helps us connect with others who have similar backgrounds, showcases the richness and vastness of our culture to others who have a different background, and provides a sense of unity and belonging. Our cultural heritage is not only limited to material objects that we can see and touch. It also consists of immaterial elements: traditions, food, oral history, performing arts, social practices, traditional craftsmanship, representations, rituals, knowledge and skills transmitted from generation to generation within a community.
For the sixth time we have held our signature event around the Mayan Culture, "The Return of Our Word".
Addressing the Economic Impact of Domestic Violence
According to Domesticshelters.org the cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services. Victims of intimate partner violence lost almost 8 million days of paid work because of the violence perpetrated against them. This loss is the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs and almost 5.6 million days of household productivity as a result of violence. Source: Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States. 2003. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Centers for Injury Prevention and Control, Atlanta, GA.
Some abusive partners may try to stop women from working by calling them frequently during the day or coming to their place of work unannounced. Research indicates that about 50 percent of battered women who are employed are harassed at work by their abusive partners. Source: U.S. Gen. Accounting Office, GAO/HEHS-99-12, Domestic Violence: Prevalence and Implications for Employment Among Welfare Recipients (1998).
Over three-quarters of offenders used workplace resources at least once to express remorse or anger, check up on, pressure, or threaten the victim; 42% of offenders were late for work. Source: Kim C. Lim et al., Maine Department of Labor and Family Crisis Services, Impact of Domestic Violence Offenders on Occupational Safety & Health: A Pilot Study (2004).
(64%) of victims of domestic violence indicated that their ability to work was affected by the violence. Among key causes for their decline in productivity, victims noted "distraction" (57%); "fear of discovery" (45%); "harassment by intimate partner at work (either by phone or in person)" (40%); fear of intimate partner's unexpected visits" (34%); "inability to complete assignments on time" (24%); and "job loss" (21%). Source: Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, 2005.
This is our "WHY". Why we provide soft skills training for minority women. Why we encourage them to become business owners. Why we prepare them for the workforce.